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Digest of Armenian media July 15-31



Peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict is in common interests – Audronius Azubalis [ENG]

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Audronius Azubalis said he believes in achieving the agreement on the Basic Principles and moving to the drafting of a comprehensive peace settlement between the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict sides. “This goal is eminently achievable and the sides should pursue this as an urgent priority,” Azubalis said in an interview. He also said that the OSCE continues to stand ready to support and complement any efforts made under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and also at the tripartite level in the meetings of the Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Armenian authorities to never agree to any principle without Nagorno-Karabakh’s status [ENG]

Senior official of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) Giro Manoyan said he does not think that the “Armenian authorities will agree to any principles that would not specify Nagorno-Karabakh’s status,” adding, that the ARF-D objects to the Armenian authorities’ policy in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. He also said that it is obvious that the Karabakhi authorities must be involved in the settlement process. “Although the sides did not agree to sign any documents inKazan, the Russian president’s efforts are obvious. This shows that the actual situation is not as presented by the authorities. President Dmitry Medvedev’s message, which has not proved satisfactory either side, remains a serious question as well,” Manoyan said.



Nalbandyan advised Azerbaijan to get rid of illusions [ARM]

According to this article, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that Azerbaijani leadership puts itself in an inconvenient situation in front of the international society by distorting facts. “If by distorting the facts they expect to succeed in continuously drive their own society into illusion, then it is simply impossible to do the same with the international community,” said he.


Leaders may win trust with their peoples, if they solve the NK issue – Ross Wilson [ENG]

Former USA mbassador to Turkey Ross Wilson said that though the trilateral meeting inKazandid not prove a successful one, the mediation process of the Karabakh issue goes on. “I hope that the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will in the near future take the last steps to reach the agreement on the Basic Principles, so that after that the work over the details of the settlement of this conflict will start,” said he. Further, he said that the presidents of the two countries can win trust among their people, if they succeed in solving the Karabakh conflict.

Armenia either leaves diplomacy to NKR or Armenia’s president resigns [ARM]

According to this article, the leader of the Marxist party, David Hakobyan said that Armenia should now take a timeout over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. “Armenia should withdraw from talks, leaving it to Artsakh [Karabakh] as the main conflicting party, or else RA [RepublicofArmenia] president must resign as he is unable to solve the Karabakh conflict,” said he. Further, Hakobyan said that he is against returning the seven regions adjacent Karabakh toAzerbaijan.


Letters on the resettlement of liberated territories go unanswered [ARM]

According to this article, former Foreign Minister of Nagorno Karabakh, Arman Melikyan, said that if the territories adjacent to Nagorno Karabakh are populated by Armenians, it will be rather difficult to return them as it is stipulated by the framework agreement envisaged to be signed as a result of negotiations. It goes on to say that the issue of the compensation to the Azerbaijanis deported from Karabakh and elsewhere, in turn, remains unresolved. Further, it says that around 35,000 letters were sent to the Karabakhi authorities to allow re-settlements in those territories, but they were rejected.


Azerbaijan blocks Karabakh conflict negotiations – expert [ENG]

Expert of Strategic Culture Foundation Andrei Areshev,  said thatAzerbaijan’s militant rhetoric blocks negotiations on Karabakh conflict resolution. According to him, the Armenian side based on Azerbaijan’s disposition, should demand termination of the negotiation process unless Azerbaijani side shows constructive approach. “No negotiation can process when one of the sides makes militant rhetoric and threatens to apply force,” Areshev stated.

U.S. strongly committed to reaching peace deal on Karabakh – mediator [ENG]

According to this news item, OSCE Minsk Group Robert Bradtke said that strongly committed to reaching a peaceful agreement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Bradtke also recalled that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had conversations with Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders calling on them to approve final basic principles of the conflict settlement, Trend agency reports. French Co-Chair Bernard Fassier in turn said that OSCE mediators are in the middle of their mission, and had already held meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Audronius Azubalis.


The three countries in the South Caucasus have adopted unyielding positions – Alexander Raar [ARM]

According to this news article, German political analyst Alexander Raar said that Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan have adopted unyielding positions of in their respective conflicts. Speaking about the Karabakh conflict, he said thatRussiais facing difficulties as Armenia and Azerbaijando not want to make concessions over the conflict which makes the settlement of the conflict impossible.


Pressure against Armenia needs to be strengthened – Ali Hasanov [ARM]

This article says that Ali Hasanov, the head of the department of public and political issues at Azerbaijan’s presidential office, said that Azerbaijan hopes to reach a settlement to the Karabakh conflict through negotiations that will lead to the signing of an agreement. According to him, at the base of that agreement will also be the will of the co-chairing countries. “It is only necessary to intensify the pressure exerted on Armenia,” said he adding that it isArmeniamainly to blame for the existing status quo. In case the pressure against Armenia intensifies, according to him, there may be progress in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict in the nearest future.


U.S. Secretary of State, Turkish FM discuss Nagorno-Karabakh problem [ENG]

This article says that the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a meeting in Istanbul after which Davutoglu said at a joint press conference that the sides discussed a number of problems, struggle against terrorism being the central point. The sides also discussed the current development in the Caucasus, Nagorno-Karabakh problem and normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.


Moscow and Baku against Yerevan [ENG]

The article says that Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, handed over the position of Azerbaijan over the proposals of Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev. Further, it says that Lavrov expressed confidence that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the priorities in the region. Lavrov also said that not all points of the intended peace agreements have been agreed on by both sides.


Now is time to demonstrate the political will in Karabakh conflict resolution [ENG]

According to this article, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs said in a statement that they met with Armenian andAzerbaijanpresidents in Yerevan and Baku and reiterated to both presidents the importance of reaching agreement on the Basic Principles of Karabakh conflict resolution as the framework for moving to final settlement. It also says that they emphasized that it is the time to demonstrate the political will needed to bring lasting peace, security, and reconciliation to the peoples of the region. “The presidents committed to provide their reactions soon to the most recent formulations proposed for the framework document, and to continue to work with the co-chairs and the co-chair governments on the process of seeking a peaceful settlement,” read the statements.

Karabakh negotiations entered active stage – OSCE MG US Co-Chair [ENG]

The negotiation process on Karabakh conflict resolution stepped into a very active stage and those sides should reach a progress to resolve the conflict, OSCE Robert Bradtke said. “We should not jump into conclusions and should wait for further progress of the situation,” he stated and added that the sides should negotiate with the OSCE mediators and only after it come into conclusion.


Edward Nalbandian has phone conversation with Lavrov [ARM]

The article says that Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and discussed the Karabakh conflict. The parties highlighted the importance of the implementation of agreements reached by the presidents of the two countries on 27 October 2010 in Astrakhan and on 5 March 2011 inSochi. Nalbandyan said that the Russian side will soon receive Armenia’s response to the proposals of the Russian president over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.


‘It is pleasant for Azerbaijan’s ear to consider territorial losses as preservation of status quo’ [ENG]

According to this article, Vladimir Karapetyan, a representative of the opposition bloc Armenian National Congress, said that it is favorable for Azerbaijanto consider territorial losses as preservation of the status quo. In his words,Azerbaijanis all the time hardening its stance, thinking that it can always receive more. Speaking about the document discussed at the Kazan meeting, Karapetyan ruled out any new format of negotiations, adding that the OSCE co-chairs will in all probability try to convince the parties to reach a consensus over the document.

Pipelines are the only impediment to the resumption of war in Karabakh – Geopolitika [ARM]

Lithuanian newspaper Geopolitika published an article on the recent developments over the Karabakh conflict settlement, noting that the Kazan meeting was expected to be the climax of the meetings in Meindorf, Astrakhan and Sochi, but the Azerbaijani side came up with ten amendments to the document prepared by the OSCE Minsk group due to which the parties failed to sign any document. It also said that though a paradox, the only impediment for the resumption of the war are the pipelines – Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Supsa – as the resumption of hostilities will threaten the operation of these pipelines.



Azerbaijan is concerned about Russia’s military presence in Armenia [ARM]

Deputy Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said in an interview with Echo Moskvy that there are little grounds forRussia’s military presence in Armenia and thatRussiahad better to expand its economic rather than its military presence there. “Unfortunately,Russia sees a necessity to keep armed forces inArmenia,” said he, adding that it is time to replace the “tanks with tankers”. He also said that that currently Russia is maintaining close ties withArmeniain the region.


Protracted conflicts are most urgent problems, says OSCE special rep [ENG]

Protracted conflicts are the most urgent problems as they hinder all kinds of development in the entire region, Joao Soares, Special Representative for the South Caucasusat the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly said. According to him, the OSCE Minsk Group is the best possible format for negotiations over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “However, the Minsk Group does not exist to impose any solution on any party. The sides must agree. The solution will have to be a compromise, and therefore both sides will need to give in on some of their demands,” he said.

Basic principles on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement priority, OSCE Sec Gen says [ENG]

According to this article, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said that theSouth Caucasusis of high importance for security and stability in the OSCE area and that the OSCE is as active in the region now as never before. Further, he said that the OSCE is willing to render further assistance in resolving protracted conflicts in the region by means of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by France,Russiaand theUnited States. He shared the OSCE MG co-chairs’ opinion that the basic principles must be agreed on as a priority task for the sides to proceed to elaboration of a comprehensive document on a peaceful settlement.

Azerbaijan not ready for peace talks with Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, experts says [ENG]

According to this news item, military expert Artsrun Hovhannisyan said he does not thinkBakuis ready for peace talks withYerevan and Stepanakert. “Azerbaijan’s statements are kind of political maneuvers and, fortunately, we are still able to make them out,” he said. Azerbaijanwith Ilham Aliyev as president and Safar Abiyev as defense minister cannot agree to a peace treaty, he explained. “I do not think Baku is ready for peace talks withYerevanand Stepanakert,” said Hovhannisyan.


They call on rejecting Madrid Principles [ENG]

The article says that several commanders of the Armenian detachments that took part in the Karabakh war released a statement in which they expressed their concerned over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Particularly, the Karabakh war veterans demanded denying the three principles of the settlement of the conflicts, adding that there are documents in Russia’s archive proving that Karabakh was illegally handed toAzerbaijan. In their statement addressed toArmenia’s president they also demanded rejecting the Madrid Principles and holding talks only in case Karabakh also takes part in them.


Determining Karabakh’s borders and status is not the only issue – opinion

This article says that the Dean of the Department of Journalism at the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Roman Nadiryan, wrote in the Echo Moskvy blog that the talks over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict are mainly about the political settlement of the conflict. “And almost completely ignored are all other areas that could bring people together. The point is not only in determining the boundaries and status of Karabakh,” said he. Nadiryan also said that the refugee issue is very serious for both parties. “We have allowed keeping certain relations on a low level of political negotiations, thus extremely narrowing the possibilities of managing dialogue. And dialogue can be anything at all levels,” he added.


Baku is not interested in changing Nagorno-Karabakh’s status quo-Armenian MP [ENG]

A resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is impossible in the near future, even if some basic principles are signed, MP from ruling Republican Party of Armenia Manvel Badeyan said, adding that the final settlement of the Karabakh conflict will be possible only when Armenia and Azerbaijan establish good neighborly relations. In his words, the international community forces the Karabakh peace process and even set a deadline for the conflicting parties following the Kazan meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents. However, Badeyan noted Baku is not so interested in changing the status quo, otherwise Azerbaijan would not present about ten proposals to the co-chairs’ document in Kazan “in an attempt to buy time”.


EU should be more involved in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict – expert [ENG]

According to this news item, Swedish political analyst Sofi Bedford said if theUSmakes a decision in its own territory about the continuation of meetings between Armenia and Azerbaijan and starts playing a more active role in the talks over the Karabakh conflict, it will mean Washington deems the existing status quo in Karabakh as unacceptable. Saying that many Azerbaijanis consider Russia backing Armenia in the talks, Bedford said that the European Union should play a more active role in the settlement of the conflict. However, she explained that if new and more neutral participants join the mediation efforts, it will be a new incentive for the talks’ process.


EU ready to provide financial aid to Karabakh peace process [ENG]

The European Union is willing to be deeper involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and is ready to allocate funds to facilitate the peace process and rehabilitation of the region, Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy. In his words, the EU is now investing more and more funds in building up confidence between conflicting parties – be it Transdnestria or Nagorno-Karabakh. However, Brussels wants to do even more, as the EU foreign office has greater potential and willingness to contribute to the peace process, Fule added.


Sargsyan responds to Dmitry Medvedev’s message [ARM]

According to this article,Armenia’s presidential spokesperson Armen Arzumanyan saidArmenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan officially responded to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s message on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The article does not however elaborate on the details of the response.


Egypt defends Karabakh conflict peace resolution [ENG]

Egypt’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Sabir Mansur said in an interview with thatCairobacks the peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict. “Azerbaijan and Egypt are friendly countries. We first of all want the conflict to be resolved through peace, as it promotes progress of the nations. Peace is more acceptable way to regulate the conflict,” said he.

Snap elections in Armenia essential for sake of Karabakh – opposition member [ENG]

According to this news item, board member of the Armenian opposition party Republic, Smbat Ayvazyan, said that snap elections should be held in Armenia for the sake of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “There are moments when one should not interfere in the Karabakh conflict, however, early elections should be held for the sake of Nagorno-Karabakh,” he noted. Referring to the Armenian side’s possible concessions in the negotiation process, Ayvazyan said he opposes any concessions. “I have repeatedly stated I am against any concessions regardless of approaches of the Armenian National Congress, the government, and other political forces,” he noted.

Armenia-Turkey rapprochement dependent on Karabakh conflict resolution-Head of Caucasus Muslims [ENG]

According to this news article, Head of Caucasus Muslims Allahshukur Pashazade said thatTurkey will play an important role in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which will contribute to the normalization of relations between Armenian andTurkey. “We believe the relations between Turkey and Armenia will only improve, if the Karabakh conflict is resolved,” he said.


Turkey cannot provide us with military support in case of resumption of war – Azerbaijani deputy PM [ARM]

According to this article,Azerbaijan’s Deputy Prime Minister Alis Hasanov said that tough talks over Karabakh bear no results; Baku does not want to quit them so that it is now accused of overthrowing the whole peace process. “The Azerbaijani side has said for several times that should the negotiations process continue this way, we will declare a war,” said Hasanov. Further, he said that because of the international agreements between Russia and Armenia, Turkey cannot provideAzerbaijanwith military support in case of a fresh war, though Turkey can backAzerbaijanat the political level.


Nato should interfere in Karabakh conflict – Vafa Guluzade [ENG]

According to this article, Azerbaijani political analyst Vafa Guluzade said that the control of the European Union and other European bodies have over the conflicts in the South Caucasus is weakening and those bodies are not capable of doing anything other than making statements.

However, Guluzade thinks Nato can do a lot in regard to the Karabakh conflict.  “But Nato should put the aggressor into its place,” Guluzade was quoting by the Azerbaijani news website Salam News as saying.


World powers prefer Azerbaijan – Roman Balayan [ARM]

This article says that Karabakhi-born film director Roman Balayan said that when Azerbaijan was speaking about high level of autonomy to be given to Karabakh, it meant the territories, like it is the case with Nakhichevan, rather then the people. He also said that despite the forums and summits continuously held over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, he believes that the world powers in this issue will give preference to cooperation with Azerbaijan and for that reason are ready to take several steps.

Azerbaijan is the only impediment to the settlement of Karabakh issue [ARM]

According to this article, American-Armenian political analyst Richard Giragosian said in an interview with Armenian daily Aravot that Russia and the West should impose an arms embargo onAzerbaijan, if the international community really wants to see the Karabakh conflict settled. This, according to him, is an example that can decrease the probability of a fresh war and will make Azerbaijan be dependent on a diplomatic solution to the problem. However, Giragosian says that there has been no political will over this issue, while Azerbaijan, in turn, “lacks political will to acknowledge the fact that it has lost the war and Karabakh forever.



Development over Karabakh interpreted in Yerevan and Baku [ARM]

According to this article, Arman Melikyan, former Foreign Minsiter of the unrecognizedRepublicofNagorno Karabakh, said that today Russia’s goal is to resume its presence inAzerbaijanand thatRussiais trying to do it at the expense of the interests ofArmeniaand Karabakh. Further, he said that those territories adjacent Nagorno Karabakh are a bargaining chip between Russian andAzerbaijan. Eldar Namazov, who was the chief of staff at theAzerbaijan’s presidential administration during Heydar Aliyev’s term in office, in turn, said in an interview, that the only possible way of the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is the stage-by-stage format. According to him, the parties, should first ensure the security of the people, open the borders, start negotiations, return refugees and only then it will be possible to reach a consensus.


Medvedev’s letter to Sargsyan, Aliyev is pro-Azerbaijani – Giragosian [ENG]

Armenian political analyst Richard Giragosian said that Azerbaijan failed at Kazanmeeting because it was unable to exert pressure on the OSCE Minsk Group. According to him, it is time for Armenian diplomacy to take a harder line. Further, Giragosian said that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s letter on Nagorno-Karabakh addressed to his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts is closer to Azerbaijan’s position than toArmenia’s. In his opinion, no breakthrough or progress should be expected in the Nagorno-Karabakh process.


Time is needed for to understand the trends – Arman Melikyan [ARM]

According to this article, Arman Melikyan, former Foreign Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, responded to a statement by EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule that the EU would like to have a wider involvement in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict and is ready to allocate funds for the purpose. Melikyan said that everything is dependent on what those funds will be spent. Further, he said that up to now the EU and other European organizations have been spending funds on strengthening mutual trust and have pursued a goal – to show that the conflict is between Armenia and Azerbaijan. If those funds will be allocated with this same logic, according to Melikyan, they will be used against the recognition of Karabakh.

Azerbaijani and Russian defense ministers discussed Karabakh conflict [ENG]

This article says that Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with his Azerbaijani counterpart Safar Abiyev during a visit toBaku. Abiyev attached special importance to the efforts spent by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, adding that they give hope that the conflict will be resolved in peaceful way. It also says that the two ministers discussed issues related to military cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan, as well as the modernization of the radar station located in Azerbaijan’s Gabala settlement.


Turkey not capable of solving Karabakh conflict – Guluzade [ARM]

According to this news article, Azerbaijan political analyst Vafa Guluzade said thatTurkeyis not capable of solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because ofRussia’s factor. “Turkeycannot solve the issue as it does not want to confront withRussia,” said he, adding that Turkey receives huge amounts in revenues from Russian tourists. Referring to a statement by US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza, who had hopes that Armenian Church will openingAzerbaijan, Guluzade said that the Armenian Church will open only when the Karabakh conflict will have been peacefully resolved.

Karabakh is Azerbaijan’s historical land and inseparable part – Aliyev [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a reception of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski that Nagorno Karabakh is an Azerbaijani historical land and an inalienable part ofAzerbaijan. “For centuries Azerbaijani people have lived and created on that soil. The name ‘Karabakh’ itself is of Azerbaijani origin, all the names of settlements and monuments there are of Azerbaijani origin,” said Aliyev, adding that from the viewpoint of the international law Karabakh is also part ofAzerbaijan.


Delay of Karabakh conflict hinders development in the region – Mammadyarov [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijan Foreign Minsiter Elmar Mammadyarov said at a meeting with British MPs thatArmeniamust pull out its troops from the territories around Nagorno-Karabakh. He also said that the protraction of the Karabakh conflict makes the future development of the region unpredictable.

Karabakh issue should be solved solely by conflicting parties – Bronislaw Komorowski [ARM]

Polish President Broniwlav Komorowski, while in a visit toAzerbaijan, said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved solely by the conflicting parties. “The issue should be resolved solely by the conflicting parties. Naturally, we are in favor of the soonest settlement of the conflict,” said he. Further, Komorovski said thatPolandwould like to see this conflict resolved so that the people would live a decent and peaceful life. “We know how important the territorial integrity is, but at the same time we know also the importance of nations’ right to self-determination,” he was quoted as saying.

Iran must not be a mediator in the NK settlement – Iranian expert [ARM]

Iranian political analyst Bahran Amirahmadian said even 20 years laterArmeniawill not consider the possibility of returning Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan as Armenia’s leadership will be unable to explain the move to its people. At the same time, he explains,Azerbaijan cannot bear losing Karabakh. Today, the analyst goes on,Azerbaijanis capable of bringing Karabakh back under its rule, were not the backing Armenia gets fromRussiaand US. Speaking aboutIran’s possible involvement in the mediation effort, he said Iran had better not act as a mediator as the settlement envisages a winning and losing side.


Baku investigates visits to Karabakh [ENG]

According to this news article,Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Elhan Polukhov said thatAzerbaijanis investigating visits by 35 citizens from eight different countries to Nagorno-Karabakh. He also said that if the visits are confirmed,Azerbaijanwill take appropriate action. The article also says that Mr Polukhov meant 35 people fromGreat Britain,Germany,France,Holland, theUnited States,Australia, Nigeria and South Africawho are making a pilgrimage to Nagorno-Karabakh on the initiative of British Baroness Caroline Cox.


Talks develop go to wrong direction [ARM]

According to this article, Amanda Paul, an analyst at the European Policy centre, said that the meeting inKazanover was very disappointing as the international community expected the parties to agree on the Basic Principles which did not however take place. According to her, the negotiations over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are again going in a wrong direction with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other of the failure of the meeting inKazan. Speaking about European Union’s possible involvement in the mediation efforts, she said that the EU will hardly come up with a new plan of the settlement of the conflict.


Kazan meeting might have been success, Armenian president says [ENG]

According to this news item,Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said at joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski inYerevanthat Both Armenia and the international community had great expectations from theKazanmeeting, which, unfortunately, were not realized. “In Kazan, we were really very close to success,” the Armenian president said.  He also said that the Nagorno-Karabakh people’s right to be master of their own fate, have security guarantees and develop in their own historical homeland must be respected. “Everyone must respect these rights. There is no other solution,” Sargsyan said.

Armenia’s demands coincide with those of international community – president [ENG]

Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said that demands in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process do not differ from those of the international community. “The people in both Karabakh andArmeniahave the same demand; they want the conflict to be resolved in compliance with the international law. Its norms are set out Madrid Principles, a document proposed to the parties by the [OSCE Minsk Group] co-chairs representing the United States,FranceandRussia,” the president told a news conference organized jointly with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski inYerevan. “We do not have other demands. Our demands coincide with those of the international community,” Sargsyan added.

Armenians only imagine they have settled Karabakh conflict – Aliyev [ENG]

According to this news article, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said at a joint news conference organized after his meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the Armenians only imagine that they have settled the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but they are mistaken. “The Nagorno-Karabakh is an Azerbaijani land and will remain a part ofAzerbaijan. Some time in future Azerbaijan will reinstate power over Karabakh,” Aliyev was quoted as saying.


Serzh Sargsyan: EU support to Nagorno-Karabakh is a necessity [ENG]

Armenia’s President Serzh said that if the European Union intends to support the democratic and state institutes inNagorno-Karabakh,Armeniawill only welcome that. “Democracy is an absolute value and in this respect we highly assess it in our country. If EU supports NK to strengthen the democratic and state institutes, we’ll only greet it.” Further, he highlighted that the people of Nagorno-Karabakh develop democratic institutes in their country irrespective of any support: “People of Karabakh anticipate that support as for 17 years they’ve been following that path. They host elections in line with the international standards, which make both, them and us feel proud,” he said.



Sargsyan hits back at Aliyev’s ‘anti-Armenian slur’ [ENG]

According to this article, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan took a swipe at his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on Thursday after the latter said that “something is missing” in the brains of Armenia’s leaders. Aliyev made the remark at a joint news conference with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Bakusaying “I am well informed about [Sargsyan’s] way of thinking. In effect, this demonstrates the aggressive essence of Armenia… But to have territorial claims to Turkey? This simply means that something is missing in the heads of these people”. Sargsyan hit back by questioning Aliyev’s sanity. “Was that a statement by a normal person, let alone a head of state?” he told a joint news conference with Poland’s visiting President Bronislaw Komorowski.


Turkey keeps track of Karabakh peace process-Prime Minister

Turkey keeps track of Karabakh peace process, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint press conference following the meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.  “Our position and thoughts over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are as follows: if Karabakh is a bleeding wound forAzerbaijan, it is a bleeding wound forTurkeytoo,” Erdogan stated. “We have no other stance.Turkeyis keeping track of developments and will go on following the issue till the end,” said Erdogan.


Tripartite or five-partite meeting? [ARM]

In this news item claims it learned that Russia continues to spend efforts for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Particularly, it says Russia is currently preparing another meeting betweenArmenia’s andAzerbaijan’s presidents inSochiso that the two presidents will agree to sign a document. Further, the news website says it is still not clear whether or not France and US will also attend that meeting, adding that everything will depend on what pressures will be exerted on the parties and what kind of guarantees they will be given.


OSCE must be involved in conflict settlement in post-Soviet area – US Assistant Secretary of State [ENG]

This news article says that US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

Philip Gordon said that the Obama administration is for the OSCE to be immediately involved in settling “frozen” conflicts in the post-Soviet area. Gordon said that the OSCE must be directly involved in settling the protracted conflicts inGeorgia,Moldovaand Nagorno-Karabakh. According to him, the conflicts have a destructive potential capable of destabilizing the security in the OSCE area and that theUSbelieves the task of resolving the conflicts must remain a top priority for the OSCE and all member-states.

Nagorno Karabakh peace process enters rather difficult stage – Thomas de Waal [ENG]

Thomas de Waal, expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said in an interview with Armenian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the Nagorno Karabakh peace process has entered a rather difficult stage. He said thatBakuoffered about ten amendments to the Kremlin-prepared document at the meeting in Kazan. He points out three groups ofAzerbaijan’s motives for acting against the mediators’ will and failing to reach an agreement: First, officialBakuhas objections to Lachin as a corridor as the final version of the Basic Principles did not specify Lachine’s status. Second,Bakualso objects to the idea that interim status will afford Nagorno-Karabakh an opportunity to join international organizations. And third,BakuconsidersRussiato be pro-Armenian. Moreover, it mistrusts Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, whose roots are of Armenian descent.



Washington official considers the process of Karabakh talks “dangerous” [ARM]

US Assistant Defense Secretary of International Affairs, Alexander Vershbow, according to this article, said that there has been a “step back” in negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh and thatWashingtonis concerned about the current negotiations process. He also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan, as previously, are not capable of finalizing the process of the agreement on Basic Principles. “… And we remain in a destructive and dangerous stalemate situation,” said he.


NKR former FM: “Preservation of status quo is the best for us” [ARM]

Former Foreign Minister of the de factoRepublicofNagorno Karabakh, Arman Melikyan, referring to a recent statement about the necessity of including Nagorno Karabakh intoRussia, said thatRussiahas been engaged in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict for about 200 years and has failed to find a solution to the conflict. He also said that under the present policy pursued by Russia, the preservation of the status quo is the best scenario of the developments of events forArmeniaand Karabakh.

Not allocating aid to NKR may mean there some pressure is exerted – Arman Melikyan [ARM]

According to this article, former Foreign Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh Arman Melikyan said that the US has not allocated any assistance for Nagorno-Karabakh this year, adding that it might be because of US’ dissatisfaction at the ineffectiveness of talks over Karabakh. He also said that it may mean some pressure is being exerted on the Armenian side. Melikyan also did not rule out that the US may discuss the assistance issue later and depending on the way things will unfold,Washingtonmay change its stance.

Short war will pave the way for real talks – expert [ARM]

The article says that US political analyst Peter Rutland wrote in an article published inMoscowTimes that already deadlocked for years, the peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan hit a brick wall on June 24 inKazan. He also writes that “now, there is increasing talk of war — a war that would be presumably started by Azerbaijanin a bid to regain the province of Karabakh and the surrounding districts that were seized by Armenian forces during the war from 1992 to 1994”. “It has become common to describe the standoff as a clash between two competing principles — “self-determination” for Karabakh versus “territorial integrity” for Azerbaijan. This makes the dispute sound like a technical difference of opinion, one that a few good lawyers could easily resolve,” wrote Rutland.


Azerbaijan might renew war with Armenia – Georgian analyst [ENG]

Georgian political expert Ramaz Sakvarelidze said that statements of Azerbaijani side that under different circumstances the country will start hostilities against Armenia are now something new and are repeated with definite recurrence,. “I do not rule out that at certain moment the Azerbaijani side would come to a conclusion that the political path of settling the problem is not productive,” he added. According to Sakvarelidze, further delay of the settlement process will sooner or later lead to the situation where the side considering itself fare will incline towards new hostilities.

Amorphism of international community does not inspire optimism for Karabakh conflict resolution – MP [ENG]

 According to this article, Naira Zohrabyan, Chairman of the Standing Committee on EU Integration at Armenia’s National Assembly, said that estimations of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs of Pentagon, Alexander Vershbow, on Nagorno-Karabakh fully reflect the objective reality and state the fact that not only there was no positive shift after the Kazan meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents but there is even recession. However, Zohrabyan, found it strange that the “amorphous statements by senior Western officials were post factum fixing the existing realities and de facto not bringing any benefit to the settlement of Karabakh conflict. “These kind of non-specific statements provoke Baku’s insolence,” said she.


Meetings of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents with my participation have become more frequent – Medvedev [ARM]

This news article says that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wrote an article in The Business Year publication in which he said that stability in the South Caucasus is of utmost importance to Russia and for that reason Moscow extended the lease on the Russian military base in the Armenian city of Gyumri. Further, he said that recently the meetings of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents – with his own participation – to negotiate a settlement to the Karabakh conflict, have become more frequent. Medvedev also said that even though the conflict has not been resolved, those meetings are important as they yield some results.

Whenever we are close to the settlement of the NK conflict, some strange things happen in Armenia – Ilham Aliyev [ARM]

According to this news item, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan sees the settlement of the Karabakh conflict within the restoration of its territorial integrity and the immediate return of Azerbaijan IDPs. “But neither Baku, nor the international community will allow the creation of a second Armenian state,” said Aliyev. Further, he said that every time when the parties are close to reaching a settlement, something happens in Armenia, either the president resigns, or a prime minister is killed at the parliament, or the Armenian leaders attempt to reject previously agreed points so that to fail the talks process.

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